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Hi everyone. I've been mia for a very long time and so much is happening in our house! Our adult son has been living with us since November. He has two children (ages 8 & 11) who stay almost every other weekend and a couple times during the week. Also, his little Daisy Dog, Mojo is with us. So, it's been a busy and hectic household!
So: About his food: Gizmo has had to go to the vet on a pretty regular basis to have his anal glands expressed. I know this sounds gross, but I can always tell when it's becoming a problem - it smells, he licks a lot, and his stools are soft.
Does anyone else have that problem with their Doodle? I'm thinking maybe he needs more fiber in his food. We give him Purina Hi-Pro for Large Breed Adult Dogs. This is what our vet recommended. He doesn't eat much ... he's 74# and eats about 2 1/2 - 3 Cups total a day. What do you think of changing to a higher fiber dog food (dry)? I don't want to change just to be changing.
About Other "Stuff": Gizmo is learning and sometimes is even showing signs of growing up. We have been walking again, now that the weather is good. Mojo likes to run in the house, so Gizmo thinks Mojo is his very own wind-up toy! hahaha
We started Beginning Obedience class for dogs over a year old last Monday. Most of this is review for Gizmo because I've been teaching him this stuff all along. We are learning come, heal, sit and down. However, the hand signals I use for down and come are not the "normal", but he has learned the new very well. I have never used hand signals for sit, but he picked up on that immediately. It takes him a while to sit because of his hip, though, so I have to learn to be patient and not rush him, He was soooo good in class. I really thought he would be trying to play with the other dogs, but he just ignored them. He didn't even try to get to the people (which he prefers over the other dogs). We do walk off-leash most of the time and he heals ok then, but he does better when he's on-leash. He lags behind when he's off-leash.
He has developed the habit of getting on our bed at night and not wanting to get off when we come to bed. He gives me an "evil eye" type look, curls his lip, and starts with a low growl. The first couple of times he did that, he didn't stop with just a look and growl....he snapped. Needless to say I had to smack his nose, grab him by the nape of the neck and firmly tell him NO - keeping eye contact continuously. Then I dragged him off the bed, put him in sit, then down. Then he got a pet and a hug. We now close the bedroom door by 8:00 pm so he can't go in before we do. He usually will go to the end of the bed and lay on the floor now. He's learning.
Has anyone else experienced this, and if so, how do you handle it?
Thanks for all your insight and suggestions. :)